COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s basketball program officially announced Wednesday that it has received the National Letter of Intent from Peyton Allen.
Allen, a 6-foot-5 guard, hails from Chatham, Ill., where he played for coach Todd Brakeman at Glenwood High School.
“One of our goals this spring was to add a great 3-point shooter as well as a guard who can score and Peyton is the guy we identified and we’re excited to bring him into our program,” Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said. “He’s not just a shooter, but also a guy who can put the ball on the floor and make tough plays as well as play defense. Being first-team All-State in Illinois tells you a lot about what type of player he is because basketball is really king in Illinois.”
A nominee for McDonald’s All-America accolades as well as Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois, Allen averaged 25.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest as a senior. Among the many awards bestowed upon Allen during his final prep season were first-team All-State honors from the Associated Press, Champaign/Urbana New Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association along with second-team recognition from the Chicago Tribune. Additionally, Allen was selected to the All-Tournament team at both the Tournament of Champions and the State Farm Classic.
Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com, Allen ended his time at GHS as the school’s all-time leading scoring with 2,036 career points, including a record 809 as a senior. He holds the distinction of ending his prep career ranked eighth in the state of Illinois for career free throws made (493-for-614, 76.9%) as well as sixth in makes from the charity stripe during a single season (247-for-299, 82.6%).
“Peyton has a great work ethic and an extraordinary love for the game,” Glenwood High School head boys basketball coach Todd Brakeman said. “He’s a kid that comes to practice every day excited. I’ve never been around somebody that loves the game as much as he does. He’s got an incredible will to win and will do whatever it takes to make his team and his teammates better.”
The four-time team MVP enjoyed a career-best 43 points against Highland High School on Feb. 18. Allen also played on the AAU circuit with the SW Illinois Jets.
Before deciding to attend Texas A&M, Allen was recruited by Butler, Iowa, St. Joseph’s, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wichita State, among others.